Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy (to qualify as a physiotherapist) (Rovereto)

Propaedeutic physical and biological sciences - STATISTICA MEDICA

Course code
Name of lecturer
Francesca Locatelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
FISIO ROV 1^ ANNO - 1^ SEMESTRE dal Oct 9, 2017 al Dec 15, 2017.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at enabling the student to:
- estimate accuracy and precision of measurements performed in the biomedical field;
- properly synthetize and summarize the information collected on a series of patients;
- compute the probability of a single event or several events
- generalize findings from samples to the original population


• Use of statistics in health data

• Collection and presentation of data
• Measurement procedure and Variable types
• Precision and accuracy of a measurement procedure
• Tables 1 and 2 entries
• Absolute and relative frequencies
• Cumulative frequencies
• Graphical representation of the data

• Position and dispersion measures
• Mode
• Quantiles and median
• Simple and weighted mean
• Range and standard deviation
• Coefficient of variation

• Introduction to probability
• Definition of probability
• Rule of addition and multiplication
• Independent and conditional probability

• Introduction to statistical inference
• The concept of statistical inference
• Inference techniques
• Binomial and Gauss distribution
• confidence intervals
• Hypothesis testing

• Diagnostic and screening test

• Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value of screening

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Verlato G, Zanolin ME Esercizi di Statistica Medica, Informatica ed Epidemiologia Libreria Cortina Editrice, Verona 2000
Douglas G. Altman Practical Statistics for Medical Research 1990
Lantieri PB, Risso D., Rovida S., Ravera G. Statistica medica ed elementi di informatica. McGraw-Hill Libri Italia srl Milano 1994

Assessment methods and criteria

To pass the examination of the Medical Statistics module, students will have to demonstrate that they have learned the knowledge of the topics they are planning and the ability to apply the statistics to clinical data in an appropriate way.
The Exam of Medical Statistics consists of a written test based on the course contents, with multiple-choice questions and a multi-task exercise . The final vote is expressed in 30/30.
Examination of the Medical Statistics Form is considered to be passed if the evaluation is equal or greater than 18/30.


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